Clapham Manor philosophy and ethos for promoting the positive and safe use of a variety of electronic devices and whilst online
Our prime responsibility is the safety of our children both in and outside school, in present times this also includes online and when using a variety of electronic devices and technology.
As part of our work in PSHCE and SMSC we endeavour to ensure that our pupils are safe when using new technologies and have a variety of opportunities to discuss potential issues surrounding the safe use of these as well as drawing on their own personal experiences.
At Clapham Manor, we want pupils to feel confident and be equipped with the skills to use technologies safely and to have self-awareness coupled with strategies to deal with any potential issues, with the support of the adults working with them. It is vital that we have your cooperation at home and a key part of our role is to also support parents in how to protect their children from harm when using these technologies. We will be holding more after school workshops for parents and carers to support families with online safety.
We held workshops for parents and carers during the week commencing September 30th where we discussed working together to promote the safe and responsible use of various electronic devices and mobile technology as well as use of the internet, for pupils in Phase 4.
The information below was shared during this workshop:
Did you know…
- 65% of children watch television daily. On average, they spend about three and a half hours watching TV every day.
- By the age of six, 81% of children have played a video console game and 90% use computers.
- By the age of eight, 96% of children have watched TV, 90% have used a computer, 81% have played console video games, and 60% have played games or used apps on a portable device.
- 29% of children have their own handheld devices by the age of eight.
With these statistics in mind it is important that you know what your child is doing online and how you can encourage them to stay safe.
But how can you help?
Excite-ed (http://www.excite-ed.co.uk/) has made some handy apps for parents/carers, which show what you can do to help keep your child safe online. These apps have step-by-step guides on showing how to lock down your internet, how to switch off their device, what to do if your child is being cyber- bullied, how to control their gaming and lots more. There are 3 completely FREE apps that have been made for use by parents and professionals. If you are responsible for a child, then you should take a look.
Follow these links to find the apps (available on itunes and google play):
Excite-ed have also created some games for your children to play at home (age appropriate), that teach them how to stay safe online:
Occasionally, our children like to play games that their older brother or sister play, or their friends at school have said are ‘epic’ – as adults we are not always aware of the content or age limit of these games. ‘Ask PEGI’ is a website that has been designed to inform us of the full details/age limit of each game. Follow the link and type the name of the game in the search bar: http://www.pegi.info/en/index/
As we know, sometimes our children know how to use smart devices better than us. The UK Safer Internet Centre have created step-by-step instructions (on a variety of devices) to enable us to keep our children as safe as possible. Follow the link below and click on the category (Smartphones/tablets/TVs) you need:
NEW Digital Parenting Guide
Digital Parenting is a guide to help parents and children enjoy the benefits of the online world. It is 20 pages of essential information, with expert advice on topics such as sleep, social media, gaming addiction, screen time and parental controls. Digital Parenting was created in partnership by Parent Zone and the Vodafone Foundation and is suitable for both UK primary and secondary schools. It is free to order* – including P&P, with a minimum of 50 copies. It can also be ordered by groups and organisations that work with families and children. You can order your Digital Parenting Guide here: https://parentzone.org.uk/digitalparenting
In partnership with the National Crime Agency’s CEOP, Parent Info is our parent-facing website addressing all of the issues amplified by the internet. Schools can register for free to host the content on their own website to ensure that parents have access to the most up-to-date information to support their digital parenting. Find out more here: https://parentinfo.org/
Most mobile network providers offer parental controls
How your home internet provider can help you
Most home network providers will be able to set filters within your household. Click the links below to watch a short video clip about how they can help you. This should all be available to you free of charge.
How do I report inappropriate material?
- 25% of children and teenagers say they are uncertain about what to do if they come across something inappropriate.
Parents and professionals must encourage children and young people to tell them if they see anything they do not like…BUT as a parent or professional, we must make sure we report such incidents to the correct people to stop it happening to others. There are various sites which we can use to report incidents:
Internet Watch Foundation (https://www.iwf.org.uk/) for illegal content.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre Report (https://www.ceop.police.uk/) for sexual contact.
Parentport: http://www.parentport.org.uk/ for TV ads, radio, newspaper, magazine which you deem unsuitable for children.
Incidents should also be reported to your mobile network provider.
TOP TEN MOST USED DEVICES – Tips to stay safe
Ipad: ipad tips
Nintendo: Top tips for Nintendo
Mobile Phone: Parental-Controls-for-Mobile-Phones
Social Networks: Young-people-and-social networking
If you need any further assistance please contact either Ms Mumby (Online Safety Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mr Smith (Designated Safeguarding Lead) at the school on email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org or 02076223919
Child Safety on YouTube
Please click here for a child safety fact sheet on YouTube for parents and carers.
Our children live in a time where many different home computer games are available to them and most children enjoy using these. Although there are many programmes devised specifically for primary aged children to use, there are programmes which are highly unsuitable for children to play or watch. Computer video games have 2 types of ratings the PEGI system and the BBFC. Only video games which are rated ‘3’ or ‘U’ are guaranteed to have content suitable for children of primary school age. Video games rated at a ‘7’ or ‘PG’ must be previewed by parents and carers in case the content is disturbing. All other ratings are inappropriate for the primary school aged child.
Some studies have shown a direct link between children playing violent games and then behaving aggressively. Other studies have shown a link between children using computer games and becoming less sociable and less academically able.
Young children often make sense of what they hear and see by role playing it out. We urge you to be very aware of what computer games are being played at home and whether your primary school aged child is playing or watching an older family member play a game that is designed for an older audience.
For more information on this subject see the links below: